A new year means a fresh start for many and the Norwalk Department of Health is working to help keep the City healthy in 2014.
Tim Callahan, Director of Health at the Norwalk Health Department said, "We have a community health improvement plan. We developed that with our partners at Norwalk Hospital and various members of the larger Norwalk community. My hope is during the year 2014, we're very successful in the implementation of some of the strategies we've set out with our community health improvement plan. While we may not see dramatic changes in people's health in the short run, over a longer period of time I think it will have a very positive impact on the health of the people of Norwalk."\
Theresa Argondezzi, Health Educator for the Norwalk Department of Health said, "I'm really interested in seeing that everyone in Norwalk and the surrounding communities has access to healthy food and the opportunities for physical activity and to be active and to be healthy."
The Department of Heath says programs like Walk to School Day and Growing Gardens, Growing Health are just some of the ways community members can stay active.
Argondezzi said, "We're hoping to continue to have a converstation with the schools - those schools that don't feel like Walk to School Day works really well for them, then there is other opportunities for kids to get active during the school day or before the school day. We're really trying to work as much as we can with all the schools in Norwalk and the surrounding towns to figure out what works best and how can kids incorporate physical activity into their daily day."
Callahan said, "We're working with younger people and after-school programs where there is a focus on making it fun for kids to be physically active and to eat healthy and trying to get children to understand the value to all of that."
The Department of Health is also looking to become the first in the State of Connecticut to gain accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board.
Callahan said, "The benefit to the community is that it better ensures that we're offering services or helping set policies that are directed towards improving the health of the overall population. So we're creating an environment and a place where if they choose, they can be fairly healthy."